Natural Resources

Associate of Science Degree

Articulated with Oregon State University

North Umpqua River running along side the UCC campus
Photo: North Umpqua River running along side the UCC campus

Program Mission

The Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in Natural Resources gives students a comprehensive educational foundation for careers related to natural resource science and technology.

Program Description

There are three choice of tracks to complete the Natural Resource program: Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Forest Ecosystems, and Conservation Law Enforcement. Each track will result in an A.S. degree that prepares students with the necessary knowledge for an entry-level position or provide a foundation for transferring to a university.

Oregon State University

OSU Degree Partnership Program

UCC works closely with Oregon State University (OSU) so that students can dual-enroll, pursue any degree that OSU offers, reap cost savings, and benefit from access to more scholarships and services. Learn more.

Students in the fieldSpecial Features

UCC is uniquely situated in the heart of world-renowned forests, mountains and rivers. Over half of Douglas County lands are under public ownership, giving us access to a wide range of agency experts and hands-on field experiences.

Application and Acceptance

There are no prerequisites to enter this program. Students can begin this program at any time, but a Fall term start will allow the program to be completed in two years.

Program Outcomes

  • Describe natural ecological processes and human impacts that influence ecosystem change, and ecological succession in landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.
  • Recognize and describe the interrelationships between ecosystem communities and how social communities have an effect on the use and management of natural resources.
  • Describe and evaluate a set of natural resource-related objectives and be able to evaluate the success of these actions.
  • Evaluate management problems while working collaboratively within and among teams.
  • Describe and quantify the biological and physical interrelationships between ecosystem resources.
Cris Salazar taking field measurements

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It's easy and only requires TWO steps.

Step 1

Fill out our request info form. This will alert us that you are interested in the Natural Resources program.

Step 2

If you are new to UCC (you've never taken a class), apply to UCC. Otherwise, you are done for now. You will be contacted about the next steps.


Job growth outlook natural resources 2016-26

Employment of conservation scientists and foresters is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Most employment growth is expected to be in state and local government-owned forest lands, particularly in the western United States.

Tracks in the Natural Resources program will prepare students for jobs in conservation science, conservation law enforcement, ecosystem management, wildlife biology, fisheries science, botany, forestry, and other fields related to natural resource science and conservation.

Transfer Guide

Oregon State University

Our AS degree in Natural Resources provides a foundation for OSU’s Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources. After completing our Natural Resources AS, all of the remaining classes needed to fulfill OSU’s Bachelor’s degree requirements can be taken at UCC and through OSU’s online Ecampus, making it possible to earn your BS in Natural Resources without relocating to Corvallis.

Catalog Information

View / Download catalog information for Natural Resources: Associate of Science Degree

Advising Guides

View / Download advising information for Natural Resources: Conservation Law Enforcement: Associate of Science Degree

View / Download advising information for Natural Resources: Fish & Wildlife: Associate of Science Degree

View / Download advising information for Natural Resources: Forest Ecosystems: Associate of Science Degree

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